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USDA NSLP Equipment Grant


The purpose of Equipment Assistance Grants is to distribute funding allocations provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act. State agencies competitively award equipment assistance grants to eligible School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

These funds will allow SFAs to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, with emphasis on more fruits and vegetables in school meals, improve food safety, and expand access.

State agencies must award these grants via a competitive grant process to SFAs, giving priority to high need schools (i.e., schools in underserved areas, schools with limited access to other resources, and age of food service equipment).

FY 2023 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant - APPLICATION NOW OPEN

USDA has released memo SP 18-2023 regarding the Fiscal Year 2023 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant for School Food Authorities. USDA awarded Wisconsin a total of $405,639 to distribute to School Food Authorities (SFAs).

All Food Service Directors and Authorized Representatives received a unique Qualtrics link to apply for the FY 2023 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant on November 27, 2023. The application will close on January 12, 2024 at 11:59 PM. SFAs should review the resources below prior to completing their application.

Application Materials

Important Grant Details

The application period opened November 27, 2023 and will close on January 12, 2024. No late applications will be accepted. 

FY 2023 Equipment Assistance Grant Announcement Letter

“How to Apply” Video Tutorial  


Part 1 Application

Application links were sent via email to the Authorized Representative and Food Service Director at each SFA participating in the National School Lunch Program on November 27, 2023. SFAs will be contacted regarding the status of their application in the spring of 2024.

Part 2 Going out to Bid

SFAs selected to proceed with Part 2 of the Equipment Grant process will have their specifications reviewed by the DPI SNT Procurement Team. Only after the specification has been approved should the SFA go out to bid. 

Equipment Resources
Additional Resources


Tracy Huffman, MS, RDN, CD
Public Health Nutritionist
(608) 266-7112
Alyssa Flores, RDN, CD
Nutrition Program Consultant
(608) 266-1046